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Broadway.com Readers Rank the Best Gender-Bending Broadway Roles

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first_img Angel in RENT Hedwig in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Edna Turnblad in HAIRSPRAY Yitzhak in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Peter in PETER PAN Miss Trunchbull in MATILDA Frank ‘N’ Furter in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOWcenter_img The D’Ysquiths in A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE Emcee in CABARET Have you heard the news? Darren Criss is high-kicking his way into the Tony-winning musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch after co-creator John Cameron Mitchell departs in April. Naturally, we had drag on the brain, so we asked you to rank your favorite gender-bending Broadway roles on Culturalist.com. Put on some makeup, turn up the eight-track and find out who came out on top! Lola in KINKY BOOTS View Commentslast_img

The city of Umag provided free parking to all its residents

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first_imgBravo for the move of the city of Umag. The purpose of tourism is to focus the newly generated tourist spending on a better quality of life for the local population. For whom to develop tourism if not for the local economy and the local population, which must directly benefit from it. Also, as there are large crowds in the city during the summer months due to the arrival of tourists, the quality of life of the local population is much lower. For example, going to the store, post office, clinic and other primary needs of the local population is sometimes not a possible mission. That is why the decision of the city of Umag on free parking in the city center is extremely important and an excellent example of the direction in which tourism should be developed. Namely, as they point out from the city of Umag, from June 1, 2016, all citizens residing in the Umag area and a traffic permit issued by the Umag Police Station, use free and unlimited large parking on the coast, 365 days a year. However, as Umag, as well as its population in the center and settlements is rapidly developing and growing, another decision was made that will greatly delight the people of Umag and which definitely puts Umag on the list of rare cities that provide free parking in the city center. , at as many as 5 locations. Photo: Google maps Umag thus became the first city in Croatia to have an organized parking payment system, but also organized free parking for its citizens in the city center, at 5 locations.center_img Citizens of the City of Umag, more precisely natural persons with permanent or permanent residence in the area of ​​Umag, are entitled to free parking on the parking lot of Šetalište Vladimira Gortana (coast), Šetalište Vladimira Gortana – at the gas station, Ulica Ernesta Miloša, Ulica 154. brigade Hrvatske vojske (in the part not reserved for tenants of POS apartments) and in the parking lot in Ulica žrtava fašizma. To exercise the right to free parking, you need proof of residence or permanent residence in the City of Umag and a valid traffic license for a personal vehicle in your possession. Find out how to get an e-vignette for free parking here After the introduction of a new and modern parking payment system “ParkWallet” in early June, which allows parking from a smartphone with a credit card, the City of Umag at a recent session of the City Council provided all its citizens with free use of four large parking lots. makes 5 free parking spaces in the city center.last_img read more

PNG, Ireland book tickets to T20 World Cup

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first_imgPAPUA New Guinea (PNG) and Ireland have sealed their place at next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia after finishing top of their groups at a qualifying tournament in the UAE.World No.17 Papua New Guinea will make their first ever appearance at a World Cup after beating Kenya by 45 runs at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. They had to wait for the result of the Netherlands’ game against Scotland before they could celebrate their automatic qualification for the men’s tournament next October.The Dutch beat Scotland by four wickets but failed to knock off the 131 they needed for victory in 12.3 overs, which meant that the PNG Barramundis topped the qualifying tournament’s Group A with a higher net run rate.“I am feeling a little emotional,” PNG’s Australian coach Joe Dawes said. “It’s been a pretty big two years, for them to achieve this is pretty special.”The former Queensland Bulls fast bowler said planning for the World Cup in Australia next year could wait.“We’ll start thinking about that tomorrow. We are just going to enjoy the moment. For them to achieve this is a great thing for us and for the nation.”PNG were facing disaster on Sunday when they slipped to 6-19 in their match against Kenya but Norman Vanua led the recovery, clubbing 54 from 48 balls and sharing a seventh wicket partnership of 77 with Ses Bau.Kenya needed to reach the target of 118 in 12 overs to have any chance of qualifying for the playoffs but their batsmen were unable to get out of first gear. Opener Irfan Karim was the only person to hit a boundary and top-scored with 29 as Kenya slid to be all out for 73. Nosaina Pokana was the most successful of the PNG bowlers with 3-21.The Irish had gone top of Group B earlier on Sunday with victory over Nigeria, but three teams could have knocked them off their perch on the final day and qualified for the World Cup.Oman were best placed to do so but they suffered a shock 14-run defeat to Jersey to stay level on eight points with Ireland but behind on run-rate.A big win for either Canada or the United Arab Emirates in the final group game could also have knocked Ireland down to second, but a 14-run win for the hosts in Abu Dhabi went nowhere near close to doing so.The Netherlands, UAE, Oman, Namibia, Scotland and Hong Kong will now battle it out for the remaining four qualification spots.The Netherlands will face the UAE in a semi-final playoff, with the winner booking their spot at the World Cup and advancing to meet Ireland in the qualifying tournament’s semi-finals.One of Namibia and Oman will book their ticket to Australia in the other semi-final playoff, with the winner to meet PNG. The loser of the playoff between the Dutch and UAE will meet Scotland on Wednesday, and the winner of that match will become the fifth team to qualify for the World Cup.The loser of the Namibia-Oman match will play Hong Kong also on Wednesday, and the winner of that match will be the sixth and final team into the first round of next October’s tournament.Fourteen associate nations are competing at the World T20 Qualifier for the final six spots in the ‘First Round’ of next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia. The first round will also feature Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and will be played in Geelong and Hobart.Hosts Australia and other top nations such as India and England are already assured a spot in the ‘Super 12’ stage that will feature two groups of six before the knockout stages.Australia have been placed in the Super 12’s Group 1 along with Pakistan, New Zealand and the West Indies. India, England, South Africa and Afghanistan are in Group 2.Both groups will be joined by two teams out of the tournament’s first round. (Cricket Network)last_img read more

Best players play in my team – Schafer

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first_imgNational senior men’s football head coach, Winfried Schafer, says only the best players are good enough to play for him, and if local players are better than their overseas-based counterparts, then they will play. “The best players play in my team. (If) The local players are better than overseas players, yes, they play,” he noted. In line with his reasoning, Schafer asked: “How many local players go out in the last two years from Jamaica to play overseas? “Kemar Lawrence, Alvas Powell, Andre Clennon are local players; they go out and are not local players now, and it is good for the football in Jamaica when the players go out and bring money back. When they go out from here, money comes back to the clubs and the clubs have more money to grow better infrastructure,” he said. Schafer called up 24 local-based players to camp on Monday in preparation for their March 25 World Cup Qualifier against Costa Rica. However, camps of this type are not unusual ahead of World Cup qualifiers or international matches and tournaments. What is common is seeing local-based talent restricted to warming the bench, rarely getting the opportunity to get a taste of international competition. One domestic player who has been impressive this season is Arnett Gardens playmaker, Vishunul Harris, who is away with his team participating in the CFU Club Championship in the Dominica Republic. Asked to comment on the talent, Schafer said: “Harris, he is a good player, I have seen him. Probably, yes (will be in squad), but not only him. But I don’t know we have time. They (local players) have to learn,” observed Schafer. He added that having locals trained by the national coaches will lead to overall development. “We have many good talent in Jamaica, and we want the talent to be good players as we need good players. We want the local players, in training so we can make the local players better. The local players see the head coach of the national team and his interest, it is good for him, the country and development while training,” the German coach said. “Our training is good for local players, it helps build their confidence and helps to make them better,” he reasoned. SQUAD: Andre Vassell, Andrew Vanzie, Ronaldo Rodney, Allan Ottey, Jermaine Woozencroft, Andre Dyce, Ricardo Morris, Upston Edwards, Jamie Robinson, Omar Daley, Damano Solomon, Rohan Roye, Jason Moore, Mark Miller, Chevonne Marsh, Hughan Gray, Shaven Sean Paul (GK), Rosario Harriott, John-Ross Edwards, Vishunul Harris, Swayne Thomas, Amal Knight (GK), Ramone McGregor and Nicholas Campbell (GK). The training camp started Monday and ends today. – L. S.last_img read more

More Upsets for Darwin

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first_imgFor every hyped-up demonstration of evolution in action the media announces with gusto, there are setbacks that often do not get the splashy headlines.  Here are three recent examples.Treehopper evolution wasn’t:   Recently a “spectacular” announcement that some bugs called treehoppers had evolved a new functional appendage has been found false.  “Evidence for a spectacular evolutionary novelty was recently reported,” wrote nine scientists in PLoS ONE,1 claiming that the treehopper bugs evolved their odd-looking “helmet” as new thoracic appendages.  Those evolutionists, publishing in Nature,2 were not at all modest in their pronouncement: “Here we show that the treehopper (Membracidae) ‘helmet’ is actually an appendage, a wing serial homologue on the first thoracic segment. This innovation in the insect body plan is an unprecedented situation in 250 Myr of insect evolution.”Wrong, the  new team reports.  It’s not a novelty, but a common and widely-distributed feature among hemiptera (true bugs) – just an invagination of tissue, not a distinct limb.  The new paper not only corrects the error but criticizes the evolutionists who proposed the wrong idea, telling them basically they should have consulted the insect experts (entomologists) before hopping to a Darwin-tree conclusion.  “The treehopper pronotal wing hypothesis yields examples of misinterpretation that could have been avoided through updated best practices in phenotype knowledge representation and the broader development of anatomical references,” they said.Wish Ida known:  Remember Ida, the extinct lemur that briefly made a splash in the science headlines as being a possible human ancestor? (5/19/2009, 3/03/2010).   The discoverer even paid homage to Darwin by naming it Darwinius masillae, and it became the star of a TV documentary.   Live Science reported this month that new evidence is casting doubt on it having anything to do with the human line.  Another similar lemur fossil from Wyoming shows a grooming claw characteristic of mammals on other branches of the assumed evolutionary line of primates.  “After examining the data, both with and without information about the grooming claw,” therefore, “it appeared both these ancient primates were more closely related to lemurs than to monkeys, apes and humans.”Darwin wouldn’t like this:  Biologists can’t conjure up gradualism out of the data.  Charles Darwin’s theory depended on the slow accumulation of gradual changes over long periods of time.  In Current Biology last month,3 Douglas Erwin tried hard to put a happy face on the ugly problem of “punctuated equilibria” that causes mismatches between molecular methods of tracing the unfolding tree of evolution, and the fossil record that shows stasis and explosive diversification.  Factoring in the ad hoc method of “rate heterogeneity” (something like artist Salvador Dali’s stretchy clocks in The Persistence of Memory) still doesn’t get the data in sync.Erwin recalled the long-standing “tension between microevolutionists and macroevolutionists” – the former looking for processes they can tweak in the lab, the latter looking at the fossils.  It’s a tension that has lasted for over a century.  Even though Erwin grinned like a hungry flashlight salesman that “Several recent papers now shed new light on macroevolutionary processes,” his light was lacking batteries in the body of his Dispatch.First, the darkness: “The discrepancy between plots of the diversity of taxa through time as inferred from molecular phylogenies and those based on counts documented by the fossil record has long been troubling,” he said, “largely because molecular phylogenies appear to underestimate the frequency of extinction.”  In hopes of mitigating the damage, he presented three recent papers.  One team of evolutionists found additional ways to tweak their models to get a better fit, particularly with dolphins and whales.  But the next subtitle states, “Punctuations Are Not Passé.”  The second study, this one more extensive, covering 40 species from fish to mammals, was not so gradual: “Their analysis supports a model of rare bursts of extensive evolutionary change in a sea of shorter-term fluctuations.”  At the end of the section, Erwin lists three possible explanations for this:The bursts of evolutionary change over longer timescales remain to be explained but could reflect episodic changes in the optimal adaptive phenotype as the environment changes, as the authors suggest, the construction of new ecological environments, or the longer waiting time for significant developmental innovations.A third paper Erwin cited showed another episodic, not gradual, record of life, this time modeling developmental changes in light of the fossil record. Try as he might to save Darwin’s face, Erwin waved his hands, smiling, while writing what sounds like evolutionary gobbledygook to save macroevolution from the evidence of sudden, explosive change:In each of these papers [2,3,4] the results document a greater range of evolutionary processes, including great differences in origin and extinction rates in different clades through time, bursts of phenotypic change interrupting intervals of greater phenotypic quiescence, and a structuring of the developmental sources of evolutionary change.If anyone can understand that last clause without invoking intelligent design, it would make a good project in the psychology of evolution.1. Mikó I , Friedrich F , Yoder MJ , Hines HM , Deitz LL , et al. 2012 On Dorsal Prothoracic Appendages in Treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae) and the Nature of Morphological Evidence. PLoS ONE 7(1): e30137. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030137.2.  Prud’homme et al., “Body plan innovation in treehoppers through the evolution of an extra wing-like appendage,” Nature 473 (05 May 2011), pp. 83–86, doi:10.1038/nature09977.3. Douglas H. Erwin, “Macroevolution: Dynamics of Diversity,” Current Biology, Volume 21, Issue 24, R1000-R1001, 20 December 2011, 10.1016/j.cub.2011.11.007.What do we have here?  (1) Treehoppers are out as evidence for evolution.  (2) Ida is out as evidence for human evolution.  And (3) punctuated equilibria, completely contrary to what Darwin envisioned, is a gremlin in the Darwin camp that cannot be escaped with prodigious exercise in hand-waving, ad hoc models and gobbledygook.Erwin’s statement above is classic Darwinian obfuscational confability.  Let’s parse it with our Baloney Detectors on:The bursts of evolutionary change….  [He acknowledges the evidence is bursty, but then embeds his own evolutionary assumptions into the phrase “evolutionary change” here.  What if it is not evolutionary (i.e., gradual) change?  What if it is creationary change?]   over longer timescales… [Longer timescales embeds more of his evolutionary assumptions of slow, gradual change over millions of years.]remain to be explained…  [Notice the subtle use of passive voice infinitive here; some nebulous entity will have to explain it someday over the rainbow.  He should fess up and write in active voice, declarative sentences: “We can’t explain it.  They can’t explain it.  I can’t explain it.  We are all clueless.  I can only wish upon a star that someday, somebody will explain it.”]but could reflect episodic changes in the optimal adaptive phenotype as the environment changes,…  [Stop right there!  We put you under citizen’s arrest for impersonating a scientist (9/30/2007 commentary).  That’s miracle talk.  Erwin is assuming that if a landslide occurs, or the sea level changes, or a volcano blows its top, the Goddess of Evolution will produce an “optimal adaptive phenotype” on demand.  How?  By snapping her fingers?  By waving her Tinker Bell Mutation Wand?  This is crazy!  Don’t let them get away with obfuscation like this.]as the authors suggest,… [You know, we’re really not interested in your suggestions.  We want our scientists to do real science – observable, testable, repeatable science.]the construction of new ecological environments,…  [More hand-waving and gobbledygook.  This is an offhand reference to “niche construction” theory, that organisms not only adapt to environments but construct them.  Such notions personify evolution and beg the question of how adaptation occurs.]or the longer waiting time for significant developmental innovations…. [Aaagh!  Stop it.  This is more miracle-talk assuming the Stuff Happens Law.  Wait long enough and “significant developmental innovations” will just occur.  How?  Will they just arise?  Will they just emerge?  Will they somehow develop?  When the “waiting time” is up, will they pop into existence, like the Pop-Eye theory of evolution?  Stop the funnies.  We thought we were watching The Science Channel, not the Cartoon Network.]Learn how to slice, dice and analyze these baloney tales from the evolutionists.  Learn how to blow away the fogma* and get to the evidence. We naturally tend to defer to “scientists” because they are supposedly so smart.  Their jargon sounds intimidating.  The list of references to other baloney-generating scientists in science journals presents an aura of credibility.  But it’s all aura and no substance, aurora with no charged particles of data, a roar a minute with no teeth.Understand that the structure in which Erwin and the evolutionists act with rhetorical flourish is just a façade like a movie set, with the script already written.  Darwin’s script is being directed by ideologues that care less about the facts of nature than preserving their epic tale.  Charlie’s Angles is one script so implausible, so out of touch with reality, it deserves to be left on the cutting room floor.*Fogma (n.), dogma so thick you can’t see through it unless you are outside of it (5/14/2007 commentary).(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more